I Had to Grow Up Too Fast

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    I Hate It

    My parents would leave. Not just for a few a hours. Sometimes a few days. I had somebody who was supposed to watch me, but they left when ever. I woke myself up in the mornings, I walked a mile for a bus stop, went home and took care of the dogs, and cooked myself dinner. It was...
    screaminginshadows screaminginshadows
    16-17, F
    5 Responses Mar 28, 2013

    You Grow Up Fast Loosing Your Loved Ones Young

    over the past 3 years i have lost a total of 5 people! i lost my grandmother, my mom, my dad, a close friend and my fiance! its probably been the most stressful and darkest times of my life! i was depressed i thought about suicide time after time after time. and i don't know if...
    zackshelpingpeople26 zackshelpingpeople26
    Oct 6, 2013

    Too Much, Too Young

    I had to watch my baby siblings since the day my "mother" brought my brother home. That was 11 years ago. She didn't/doesn't know how to be a good mother, and their dad (my step dad) didn't make things easier, by arguing with her all the time. After they split, it basically...
    EchoArtistMusician EchoArtistMusician
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2013

    Sometimes A Bad Example Can Be A Good One.

    From the age of 4-10 my life was pretty carefree. There was no shame. My parents were nudists and our home was clothing optional as well as our back yard. There was also a lot of healthy affection. Not much of it was from my mother, but I didn’t notice because my father was so...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Nov 15, 2011

    My Story.

    Every kid looks up to someone from when there 4 and 5 until they are 20's or 30's . I looked up to my siblings... Josh, Jessica and Seth. I had to face the facts when I was 7 years old that they all did drugs. I had to except that even when the programs and police men would come...
    xJiaxx xJiaxx
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jan 31, 2013

    My Room

    That is how I spent a significant amount of my adolescence, alone in my room. I lived with an abusive stepfather and I avoided him as much as possible in the only place I could be. My dad died when I was ten and so was out of the picture. Essentially, I had to grow up by myself...
    asert12345678 asert12345678
    31-35, M
    Nov 22, 2013

    Too Fast

    My life has never been normal like the other kids, even though I didn't really see it when I was a kid. My dad owned a company, which he 'said' was selling alarm systems. But there were a lot of illegal things going on there. My mom and dad fought every day for several years, and...
    Quibbler Quibbler
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 23, 2013

    I Grew Up Before My Mother Did

    Every child has a special bond with their mom. Your mom is someone who you can never replace. You only get one. As a child, my mom was a very heavy alcoholic. She would go out for nights and days at a time. Fortunately, I had an older sister, who was 6 years older than me. She...
    ChangeIsAGoodThing ChangeIsAGoodThing
    18-21, F
    Jul 11, 2013

    I Don't Know If I Ever Did Actually Grow Up

    I'm a very mentally unhealthy person, but somehow I keep myself together, most of the time. It's hard. It does not help how my first 20 years of life went. I don't know if I ever actually grew up or if I just learned and adapted enough to muddle through. I've always been called...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Feb 16, 2008

    I Love My Sister.

    My Dad is an alcoholic. Me and my sister have been through it together. I had to grow up fast while younger. I matured fast, heck I think my friends noticed it too. I had to be there for my sister through the good and bad to help her and to keep her happy. I am that older...
    justageek justageek
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 17, 2012

    Childhood Left Me Behind.

    My sister is cold as ice. My dad is a psychopath...an alcoholic with more than one mental disorder, I'm sure. My aunt and uncle bully my mother. It all stresses me out and puts me in uncomfortable situations. Growing up is the hardest thing I have ever had to learn how to do. I...
    givemesympathy givemesympathy
    18-21, F
    Nov 19, 2013

    When I was 14 I almost died of cancer.

    I watched the strong people around me fall apart as they struggled to cope. My mother crying at my bedside at the drop of a hat, or my bully of a brother distraught and endlessly apologetic for everything he ever did to me (he never bullied anyone again). It was clear that...
    iou1soul iou1soul
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Feb 11, 2015

    I Guess It Happens

    Some have the fairy tale life and then there are those of us who do what it takes just to survive. I've seen a lot over the years and just keep on going. You learn to do a lot on your own when, for whatever reason, your mother just doesn't love you. Was it that I reminded her of...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Feb 17, 2008

    I Blamed Myself.

    When I was born, my mother was 39, and my sister was about 16. She got into a really abusive and bad realtionship. He got her into heavy heavy drugs. She had a baby, and that's now my nephew. He is the shining star of everyone's life. Including his father's. He got over...
    itsallinthepastnow itsallinthepastnow
    Jul 24, 2011

    My Mum was an alcoholic

    and my Dad was 35 years older than her so he was a pensioner. From the time I was able to look after my Mum I had to collect her drink and dispose of the empty cans. My Mum and Dad didn't get on and my Dad would walk past my Mum if she was lying on the stairs drunk and I had to...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse
    31-35, F
    Mar 25, 2015

    I had a medical condition

    that was hard to deal with as a kid. Followed shortly afterwards by my parents separating. So I suddenly felt like I had responsibilities everywhere!
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Jan 13, 2015

    Forgotten Child

    I admit I hated my "childhood" I learned to quick, hurt to quick and grew up way yo fast other children learned coloring, learned hopscotch. I learned about chemotherapy, which medicationa to take, and all the hospital rules. Four years of my childhood ripped away from me, after...
    jneg jneg
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 13, 2013

    My Parents Were On Their Own Trip.....

    and my brother and I kind of got dragged along on their ride. I know that there was a brief spot of normalcy when I was very young. I also know that it did not last very long at all (maybe until I was six or seven), and my brother is three years younger, so I am not certain he...
    hengreen hengreen
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2011

    Its True :/

    Once i had a dream, right before my mom left. She was next to me and she told me that i needed to take care of my brother and Dad. I told her i wasn't ready and she smiled and she left my side. The next week, my mom got on that plane and left the country. There were never any...
    SecretIsOut SecretIsOut
    13-15, F
    Feb 6, 2013

    Sometimes I believe, I grew up too fast

    because I still have a kid inside of who I am. When your in 20's life just gets harder for you and you have to depend more on yourself than anybody else. Don't you agree?
    stonerlovedit stonerlovedit
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 12, 2016

    My dad was an abusive alcoholic

    and my mom had a lot going on. I didn't get a "normal" childhood. From a young age, I had to take care of my deadbeat dad who would show up out of nowhere, stay with us for a month or two, then be gone. I dealt with depression when I was just 8 years old, and was stressed to the...
    sighselly sighselly
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Oct 11, 2015

    Ever since 6th grade I've came home everyday to

    watch my 4 younger siblings.... Yet my mom wonders why I act like I'm an adult.
    AlmightyPanda AlmightyPanda
    Apr 15, 2016

    A Mini-adult From Day One

    My parents were both 42 when they adopted me. And, because neither of them had any experience with children of any age, they didn't know how to treat me like my age. I was treated like a mini-adult. I was hardly ever around people younger than 40. I went to operas, plays, dinners...
    chococat159 chococat159
    Jun 15, 2011

    I think between dealing with an abusive parent,

    dealing with being party to the affair one of my parents had (having to keep quiet out of fear), and having to care for and help raise my nephew at the ripe old age of 14.....I missed out on the "childhood" we're all supposed to have. Idk if this is why I get so focused on the...
    kk1874 kk1874
    31-35, F
    Apr 21, 2016

    So Called Perfect

    Growing up as a child i had the so called " perfect childhood." Living in a charming little house, with my parents who had the so called "perfect marriage." Spending hours tossing a football in the front yard with my old brother. It was the so called...
    AliceNearWonderland AliceNearWonderland
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Apr 3, 2008

    Chilling Childhood

    As a baby, I was left on the floor not in my crib. As a child, I got spanked whenever I did anything I enjoyed. I think my captor grabbed my ankles and held me upside down, slamming my feet against the ceiling. As a teen I was forced to do Push-Ups if I had a Bad day. I just want...
    WhiteLegoNinja WhiteLegoNinja
    16-17, T
    Jan 31, 2013

    To Young To Be This Grown Up

    When I was four my mom got really sick, and we didn't know what to do about it. We just went on with life but by age 8 I was cooking, cleaning and taking care of her. My father wasn't/ isn't much help all he does is get drunk and I have to take care of the mess he makes nightly...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Apr 28, 2013

    I sit and watch my mum pick up another bottle

    of cheap cidar and neck it back, i can tell the alcohol is changing her mood already so i sit quietly because i know this is the time that the evil mum comes out. As i look at my baby brother sleeping in his cot i pray that he stays asleep because i don't want him to wake...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul
    36-40, F
    Jul 1, 2014

    I Didn,t Know It At The Time

    I didnt grow up playing childhood games.  My family had a small cattle operation and my father also had a job as a lineman for the electric cooperative.  As a youngster I had duties to do out their.  I fed and watered cattle, fixed fence, drove tractor, operated a haybaler...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 10, 2011

    My dad left my mom before she

    even have birth to me. My youngest brother needed hearing aides and my dad didn't know how to handle the idea of a disabled child. So my mom was left to raise me and my two brothers alone. Both brothers are legally deaf and blind, but my "baby" brother is only 14 months older...
    HiddenDesires6 HiddenDesires6
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2014

    I'm 22 and basically at a stand still in my

    life. I had a wonderful mother who died 3 years ago from Breast Cancer. My father was never there for me an alcoholic/ addict. Anyways I was my mother caregiver for years I would help her with her medications,cook,bathed,and took her to her chemo treatments. The thing is I was...
    karmagirl91 karmagirl91
    26-30, F
    May 21, 2014

    Ironic Young Executive at 25 year old

    Born in a dysfunctional wealthy family that worked in hard lab our and acted like in poverty. My folks had severe medical issues and two bros have suicidal break downs.. Even myself. One sister left home and married happily to escape.. I worked 1 dollar per hour in US at the...
    likearock111 likearock111
    2 Responses May 20, 2013

    Had To Learn Early

    At 10 yr old i had to take care of my foster parents, my foster father suffered a massive stroke and my foster mom lost a leg to diabetes, i worked 3 jobs and went to school,and take care of them, i did this for 3 years until they had to be put in a nursing home, i lived by my...
    Goldwing244ricky Goldwing244ricky
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Jul 12, 2012

    It always was me vs tha world seem

    that way anyway. my real dad walked out when i was 5 real mom abandoned me for drug addiction at 6 an was in abusive foster homes until i was almost 14. i never fit in anywhere an always had to be on gard cause of all kinds of abuses...some really bad stuff an way too much of it...
    AquilaAqua AquilaAqua
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Jan 29, 2014

    Life Truely As It Is....

    I hate the fact that life is this bitter sweet tunnel that never ends in happy ever after. Everyday i wake up with no kind of purpose in life, nobody honestly gives a s*** about me , and why would they? Familly, friends, even people u barely know all claim to be there when you...
    InspireBeautifully InspireBeautifully
    18-21, F
    Jun 11, 2013

    Well, not exactly. Maybe I was born an old

    soul. Older than my age, anyway. And I've always been a quiet child, just watching the world go by before me. My parents weren't exactly the most nurturing of people... I mean they weren't physically abusive or anything, but sometimes I feel like they left us to our own...
    VioletVivid VioletVivid
    3 Responses Apr 16, 2016

    Alcoholic Father

    My father is an alcoholic. I watched him physically harm my mother when I was a little girl. Sometimes I feel as if I am the only one who has ever been stuck in this situation. Because he has a way of making you think you're trapped. Because of my experiences watching drink his...
    SaraBear87 SaraBear87
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Aug 14, 2011

    The Basis Of It All

    I don't think I ever experienced what being a kid was like. At least not where I could remember. My mother never wanted children while my dad wanted 12. I was a mistake, you could tell from the day I was born. My mother became a computer addict and my father was a drunk. From...
    HopefulDreams94 HopefulDreams94
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 13, 2013

    When I Was Younger....

    My parents were separated, my dad left because he was cheating on my mom with a shedevil. And near the end of the relationship with the shedevil he opened up to me, he was probably on a lot of pills and he'd been drinking. He started crying said hes sorry he doesnt love me and he...
    peachylove peachylove
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 18, 2013

    Puberty Hit

    When I was in 5th grade I started puberty. I grew up too fast by having womanly parts and acting more mature than most people. I wished that it could've came later so I could've enjoyed my time and not have to worry until later when all my friends started too.
    flawlesswonder16 flawlesswonder16
    13-15, F
    Feb 24, 2013

    I Remember When...the Story Of A Childhood Riddled With Pain And Addiction

    I remember when I was young, I had a mom. I remember that she was attentive and thoughtful and we lived in a big three-story house with a matching playhouse out back. I remember her watching ball games and coming on class field trips. I remember when I was 12 and my parents split...
    simmonsr09 simmonsr09
    2 Responses Jun 27, 2012
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